This Barefoot Horse website was last updated on 04-15-2015
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The Horse's Hoof Magazine Spring 2015-Issue 58
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Welcome to The Horse's Hoof, News for Barefoot Horse and Hoof Care
We are here for you!
"The Horse's Hoof" is this informational website, as well as a quarterly 40-50+ page FULL COLOR online magazine, published since 2000 (available in our online store). The Horses Hoof, both magazine and website, is a generic barefoot resource for both horseowners and professionals, created in 2000 by barefoot advocates James & Yvonne Welz. The Horse's Hoof is for everyone! We welcome and encourage all methods and theories of barefoot trimming, and support all forms of hoof care that focus on creating healthier hooves over the long-term. We advocate finding compromises to create more natural, healthier living conditions for all horses. We believe that a good system of barefoot horse care is the ultimate prevention against most serious hoof ailments that affect our domestic horses.
While barefoot can be used successfully for the rehabilitation of unhealthy feet, our main focus is on preventing unhealthy feet in the first place - through education and awareness. It is our goal that barefoot becomes a widely accepted choice for performance horses around the world, with hooves raised carefully from birth to be superior in every way. It can be done - we have that information available now, and many people are putting that to action (see the Barefoot Performance page). Using this knowledge, no horse should ever need to suffer catastrophic founder. The younger you begin a barefoot program with your horse, the better (ideally, at birth), but most horse's hooves can be significantly improved, and even become healthy enough to do whatever activity you desire. Barefoot is NOT a fad, or anything new - after all, horses were born with bare hooves. Learning to keep them that way successfully is the job of the barefoot horse owner, and we're here to help. Healthy hooves create happy horses!
The Horses Hoof includes a wide variety of information and links throughout this website, and in our magazine. The magazine contents are mostly different from the website, though we do include some articles on here from past issues (Click here for the Contents List). You will find articles and information from and about all the leading experts in the field, including Jaime Jackson, Dr. Robert Bowker, Dr. Hiltrud Strasser, Pete Ramey, KC La Pierre, and many others, as well as experiences and stories from various practitioners and owners. We include a wide variety of material, some of it contradictory, as there are many differences of opinion - and we don't personally agree with everything we publish. We encourage and promote this interchange, because we feel this is what will kick barefoot hoofcare up to the next level!
If you would like to read the personal opinions of James & Yvonne Welz, please visit our membership hoofcare educational website, Hoof Help Online (www.HoofHelpOnline.com), which provides detailed how-to trimming instructions and advice through a wide variety of media, and presents our ideas and philosophies on hoofcare that we have personally developed over the past 15 years. Hoof Help Online Flyer
Barefoot hoofcare is a young, developing art and science. There is so much ahead to discover. After over 20 years of hoof study, the leading hoof researcher in the U.S., Dr. Robert Bowker, says, "There is so much that we still don't know about the hoof!"
For more introductory barefoot info, we highly recommend Joe Camp's website thesoulofahorse.com and his books, especially The Soul of a Horse — Life Lessons from the Herd and Horses & Stress – Eliminating the Root Cause of Most Health, Hoof and Behavior Problems.
A Timeline of the Barefoot Movement by Yvonne Welz from The Horse's Hoof Issue 50
Using the archived files of THH, a detailed outline of barefoot events over this past 15 years is constructed--for the first time ever!
Yvonne writes, "This is NOT a complete history by any means, but just some of the more important points along the way of this past 15 years of the Barefoot Movement. I hope that after reading this document, you now realize just how newly developed the barefoot movement really is. And how we are ALL responsible for making history, at this very moment!"
50th Issue Retrospective from The Horse's Hoof Issue 50
(This is a huge article!! An extensive look back at the barefoot movement from many different points of view!)
by Yvonne Welz and 15 famous barefoot advocates: Dr. Hiltrud Strasser, Dr. Robert Bowker, Dr. Robert Cook, Pete Ramey, Cindy Sullivan, Gretchen Fathauer, Cheryl Henderson, Sabine Kells, Claudia Garner, Greg Sokoloski, Darolyn Butler, Garrett Ford, Carole Herder, Joe Camp, and James Welz
(for archive of all previous news items, please visit our News page)
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New Book Offers Unprecedented Horse Hoof Care Information “A Modern Look at... THE HOOF” by Monique Craig
From the casual rider to the seasoned veterinarian, there’s information for every horse-lover in this new book on the horse’s hoof. Author Monique Craig is the founder of EponaTech and the Epona-Institute, and inventor of the EponaShoe polyurethane shoe. This book provides a detailed look at the hoof morphology (shape) and function, and discusses implications for how the hoof should be trimmed and cared for, along with real-world application of her shoeing approach. Many case studies are presented, with thorough research and documentation. Available on www.Amazon.com and www.BarnesandNoble.com.
From KC & Robyn La Pierre, Co-Founders Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry (IAEP), comes a new hoof care blog. "“We have taken things to a new level, with the launch of our new blog The Perfect Hoof. This blog is dedicated to sharing new insight and information by publishing articles written from our perspective, the perspective of the Applied Equine Podiatrist. Posts include series, case studies, how to’s, product reviews, and so much more. We invite you to visit our blog and become a follower. Don’t miss out on a single post. We will be offering monthly giveaways for all those that elect to follow our blog. We wish you and the horses you care for all the best.” http://theperfecthoof.blogspot.com
New novel about 19th Century barefoot advocate vet Bracy Clark!!!
Suppressed Research Brought to Light in New Novel “THE FIRST VET” by Linda Chamberlain
Bracy Clark exposed a serious threat to horse health 200 years ago, but his work was suppressed and ridiculed. Now he’s being given a second chance to change the future for the animals he loved, thanks to a page-turning new novel called The First Vet.
Purchase the book on Amazon, available as Kindle or paperback:
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Contact Linda Chamberlain, Tel: 01342 826272
Email: lindachamberlain94 @ yahoo.com
The Functional Hoof Conference 2014 in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia in November 2014 was a HUGE success!!! See full coverage in The Horse's Hoof Issue 57.
Article from Conference organizers, Rebecca J Scott and Zoe Messina
The original Pawprints Jewelry Custom Silver Pendants, uniquely handcrafted. Your horse's hoof miniaturized in a handcrafted .999 pure silver pendant.
James & Yvonne Welz, of The Horse's Hoof and Hoof Help Online, traveled to Australia for the week of Nov 3-10 for The Functional Hoof Conference in Daylesford (Melbourne area), Victoria, Australia. Check out our Facebook page for conference photos and info, and look for full coverage in The Horse's Hoof Magazine Winter Issue 57!
November 6-9, 2014 - The Functional Hoof Conference 2014
Daylesford (Melbourne area), Victoria, Australia
Speakers include Dr Hilary Clayton, Dr Deb Taylor, Dr Neal Valk, Prof Chris Pollitt, and many more. James Welz will be featured on a trimming discussion panel, with his trimmed hoof in a special exhibit (“A Table with all the Trimmings”), and so Yvonne & James will both be there!
Save with Discount early bird tickets through June 30th!!!
SW Holistic Horse & Hound Expo Presented by Natural Horse Magazine! September 6th, 2014 in Prescott, Arizona
The EXPO holistic horse and dog advocates have been waiting for!
Interested in how holistic bodywork therapies can benefit your horse and dog? Considering having your horse go barefoot? Looking for a natural hoof trimmer? Want to learn more about dentistry options for your dog or horse? Curious about a raw food diet for your dog?
The SW Holistic Horse & Hound Expo explores all these topics and more with in-depth presentations by experts in their fields.
Equine Presentations Include:
• Equine Body Balancing by Kelli Heidt
• What is a Holistic Approach to Horse Care? by Lisa Ross-Williams
• Balanced, Equine Dentistry by Wes Campbell, CEqD and Jodi Davenport, CEqD
• Partnership & Confidence Building by Katherine Barbarite
• Equine Acupressure - Help for the Hindquarters by Kristen Guerra
• What to Expect from a Natural Trimmer by Kenny Williams
For more information, visit: www.swholistichorsehoundexpo.com – email Kenny @ NaturalHorse.com or call 928-999-5797
6th World Conference for hoof care and holistic horse treatment - in Germany, Sept 27-28, 2014
On 27th and 28th Sept. 2014, horse specialists from all over the world meet to discuss alternative hoof care and holistic horse treatment and hear research about these topics. High caliber guest speakers such as Dr. Jens Lorenz Franzen, Dr. med.vet. Hiltrud Strasser, leader of the European Equine Institute Chris Gehrmann, and many others are coming from New Zealand, Austria, Latvia, the United States and of course Germany to participate.
The conference takes place at the beautiful Karolingerhalle, the Pruem City Hall, in the picturesque Eifel area of Germany.
There is plenty of time in the evenings to meet like minded horse people and share experiences as well as an exciting entertainment program. On one evening, well known adventure rider Guenter Wamser, will give an enthralling speech about the stages of his journey from Argentina to Alaska. Another highlight will be the performance of the "Jazz Pistols", otherwise known as the "Uwe Ochsenknecht Band" with their dynamic, energetic Pop-Jazz-Mix. The Band will be accompanied by the wonderful voice of Stephanie Garris, popular from the first seasons of "Germany seeks the Superstar".
Hosting the conference is the European Institute for Equine Physiology in Germany and France, who offer education as an equine podiatrist in form of a 2 year apprenticeship training course. Since 2014 the Institute offers an additional education: "Osteopathy for hoof experts". The institutes also hold national and international 2 and 3 day courses 'Intensive Hoof Care' and a Horse-Analysis course under the title 'What's going on with my horse?'
Anybody who speaks conversational English can easily follow the conference. Pls. book online on our homepage: http://www.equine-institut.com ! We can't wait to see you there!
This event covers latest news and know how on hoof care and holistic horse health from all over the world and is suitable for all horse enthusiasts, veterinarians, carers and owners alike. http://www.worldhoofconference.org —Chirs Gehrmann
We've MOVED!!!The Horse's Hoof and James & Yvonne Welz have moved to their new Wishing Welz Ranch in Queen Creek, Arizona! Here is our new mailing address:
The Horse's Hoof / Wishing Welz Equine LLC
P.O. Box 1969
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Toll free: 877-594-3365
Barefoot advocate and professional trimmer Anne "Tree" Coley of Etowah, North Carolina, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014. She developed pneumonia after coming down with a bad case of the flu.
Anne was very involved in the barefoot movement right from the beginning, extremely active on newsgroups and forums, generous with her time in helping others, influencing horseowners and trimmers around the world. She will be so greatly missed. She wrote an article in THH Issue 23 about her foundered case study, “You Have Until April." Her web article is on THH site is here: "A Horse Named Fred" by by Anne "Tree" Coley (A summer camp horse gets a new lease on life.)
RIP to DJB Brave Heart
Sadly and unexpectedly, the endurance pony DJB Brave Heart passed away on December 13, 2013. Our condolences to owner Darolyn Butler, rider Devan Horn, and all the people whose lives were touched by him.
DJB Brave Heart was featured in The Horse’s Hoof Issue #52 in two stories, after this barefoot endurance superstar pony won the Horse Power Award at the Annual North American Young Riders Championship 2013.
I can’t think of a more fitting tribute than what his rider Devan Horn wrote about him just weeks before he died, and right after they won The Armadillo 100 in what Devan described as, “The Perfect Ride”: http://www.horsejunkiesunited.com/?p=72095
Fantastic new book from Joe Camp: "Born Wild – The Soul of a Horse"
The anxiously anticipated sequel to the National Best Seller The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd
Barefoot/booted horse wins at the U.S. Dressage Finals - Akiko Yamazaki and her 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Matrix, who was previously lame for 2 year.
2013 Tevis Cup won by barefoot/booted horse
Congratulations to EasyCare dealer and HCP Rusty Toth and his horse Quake for winning the 2013 Tevis Cup!
New Book from Joe Camp: Horses & Stress
“This is an unsolicited review for an outstanding book. And I have to admit, I think this small, simple little book, Horses & Stress – Eliminating the Root Cause of Most Health, Hoof and Behavior Problems, is one of my all time favorites. This is the PERFECT book to give as a gift or recommend to anyone who is just getting interested in caring for their horses in an improved way. Or really it’s the perfect book for every horse owner! What I love about this book is that it gets to the real heart of the matter and Joe is so dang enjoyable to read. This isn’t just about barefoot, or diet, or lifestyle. It is about developing a level of caring for your horse where he is not a vehicle, but a friend and partner, and you want to provide him with the lifestyle that is conducive to his health (not just one that is convenient for your life!) Joe’s simple way of explaining why and how things work will appeal to any horse owner with common sense. He provides the rational explanations behind natural horse care, with the most important reason being that caring for our horses naturally reduces their stress—which fixes just about every domestic equine problem that has ever existed.” — Yvonne Welz, Editor – The Horse’s Hoof (available at Amazon or thesoulofahorse.com)
Veterinary Board Rules on “Equine Podiatry”
April 2013: The Connecticut Board of Veterinary Medicine has ruled that “Equine Podiatry” is an Evolution of the Farrier practice, and dropped charges against a professional Equine Podiatrist which alleged she was practicing veterinary medicine. Read the full press release here.
Get your rasps re-sharpened instead of buying new ones!!! Boggs Tool Processing is a great company that will sharpen your 14" rasps for just $5.00 each, using abrasive blasting. Your satisfaction is guaranteed! Visit their website: www.BoggsTool.com
Dressage Today Magazine Cover Story: "Barefoot Dressage with Shannon Peters"
Trainers Shannon and Steffen Peters explore the benefits of barefoot dressage with high-performance horses.
Read the full article online:
THH author, fantastic horsewoman and Long Rider Christy Henchie passed away tragically in a road accident in Tanzania on January 28, 2013. Her fiancé, South African Long Rider Billy Brenchley barely escaped death and suffered a broken leg. An out-of-control bus hit them and their horses, and also killed and injured many bystanders. You can read more here: http://horsetalk.co.nz/2013/01/31/horror-smash-tanzania-claims-life-long-rider/#.UTu2AKWWOaF
A beautiful statement from Christy, who lived such a rich and exciting adventure: “We have accepted that we will finish when we finish and not before. One day we will reach home and things will change and we will lead different lives. We will get married and have children and no doubt they will become our motivation for everything we do but until then, our life is a journey and we are enjoying the ride.” -- Historical Long Rider Christy Henchie
Equine Hoof Development Study Needs Your Help!
Dr. Debra Taylor of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is ready to move forward with a long-term MRI/CT study of internal foot development in live horses! I don’t have to tell any of you how HUGE this could be. I have a link to a request for private donations under “What’s New” on my front page (www.hoofrehab.com). Or you can just use this link:
Will you spread the word? If this is important to you, please post the link to any chat groups you belong to, and forward it to anyone you think might donate some money. Ivy and I are donating... I hope you will too.—Pete Ramey
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